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UTA In The News — Monday, June 25, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

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Editorial notes Spaniolo's superb performance

The Dallas Morning News described UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo as "builder, visionary, salesman, motivator, ambassador, rainmaker," in a Saturday editorial. The piece noted that "the contemporary university president wears many hats, and James Spaniolo has worn them superbly in his eight years as leader of the University of Texas at Arlington."

More praise for Spaniolo

Fort Worth Star-Telegram executive editor Jim Witt and business columnist Mitchell Schnurman separately addressed last week’s news that UT Arlington President James Spaniolo will retire. Witt said he was sorry to see Spaniolo go and lauded his accomplishments. Schnurman pondered what effect the climate of higher education in Texas could have on the search for a successor to President Spaniolo. Schnurman said UT Arlington’s next leader has to build on the current momentum, regardless of the headwinds in the state, and make major inroads in fundraising. Spaniolo said he expects top candidates to apply, in part because UT Arlington is much stronger now than a decade ago.

Promoting UT Arlington School of Architecture

Dallas Morning News Business columnist Cheryl Hall reported on the UT Arlington School of Architecture, the involvement of alumnus Ralph Hawkins, chief executive officer of HKS Inc., and the school's desire to increase awareness about it programs.

Award created for Moore

Michael Moore, UT Arlington dean of undergraduate studies and a senior vice provost, has been named the first recipient of an award created in his honor by the State Bar of Texas, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The Michael K. Moore Award for Research and Writing in the Area of Indigent Defense is to be awarded July 23, 2012, in San Antonio at the State Bar of Texas' annual Advanced Criminal Law Course. Moore served for 15 years on the Committee on Legal Services to the Poor in Criminal Matters, during which he worked without compensation to produce pivotal research and writing that helped provide low-income residents in Texas with proper legal representation.

Changing nano science

UT Arlington researchers have been awarded a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant to study a new model for how motor proteins behave in the body, the website NanoWerk reported. Alan Bowling, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, is the lead investigator. He contends that mass and acceleration make a difference at the nano level. The most widely accepted thinking and teaching omits mass and acceleration from the model. Samarendra Mohanty, a UT Arlington assistant professor of physics, and Subhrangsu Mandal, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, are co-principal investigators.

New policy is "answered prayer"

A Dallas Morning News story about the impact of President Obama’s plans to grant work permits for some illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children quoted Ana Martínez, who was born in Monterrey, Mexico and recently graduated from The University of Texas at Arlington. She plans to be a bilingual educator and has already received two of the three certifications she wants. “This is an answered prayer,” said the 25-year-old. “Thanks to President Obama for this. I will be a bilingual teacher.”

Nursing professors honored

Two UT Arlington nursing professors have been selected as fellows of the American Academy of Nursing for their contributions to the nursing profession, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Work Faces column. Judy LeFlore, a professor in the College of Nursing, and Jeannette Crenshaw, a clinical assistant professor in the college's online program, will be honored at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in October. LeFlore is also director of pediatric, acute-care pediatric and neonatal-nurse-practitioner programs in the College of Nursing.

Alumnus appointed to state board

UT Arlington graduate Anthony Odiorne has been appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Governing Board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, KWTX/CBS 10 (Waco) reported. Odiorne is an assistant public defender with the West Texas Public Defender.